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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Man, 30, pleads guilty to sale of oxycodone

LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda man pleaded guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court to selling oxycodone in the city June 24, 2010.

Ronald C. Woods, 30, of Wheatfield Street, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and was scheduled for sentencing Aug. 18 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

The plea deal included the dismissal of other drug charges pending against Woods in North Tonawanda, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said.

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2 arrested in heroin raids in Brockport, Rochester

Two men were arrested Thursday following a monthlong investigation of a heroin ring in Orleans County and Rochester.

Michael G. Lasch Jr., 39, of Brockport, was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of fourth-degree conspiracy. He was arraigned in the Town of Albion Court and is in Orleans County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Raymond Inostroza, 39, of Rochester, is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of drug paraphernalia and was arraigned in Rochester and sent to Monroe County Jail.

Police said they seized heroin with a street value of $9,000, $55,000 in cash, three loaded weapons, scales, packaging and other drug paraphernalia in separate raids at the homes of the suspects.

Warrants were executed by Orleans and Monroe counties sheriff's offices, Orleans County Major Drug Task Force and Rochester police and narcotics enforcement teams.

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Lockport man accused of Wilson crime spree

WILSON -- A Lockport man is accused of breaking into at least six cars at the Wilson Yacht Club.

Brian R. Lederhouse, 25, of Day Road, was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation, unregistered, uninsured vehicle, criminal possession of stolen property, fourth-degree grand larceny, identity theft and unlawful use of a credit card.

Lederhouse was stopped at 6:18 p.m. Sunday on Wilson-Burt Road by Niagara County sheriff's deputies, who had been alerted to a stolen credit card at a T&R Corner Store in Wilson minutes earlier. Deputies said they found Lederhouse with credit card receipts from the store, and more than $1,200 in stolen property from the cars.

Lederhouse was arraigned in Wilson Town Court by Town Justice Mary Canfield, He was released on $750 bail.

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Man who stole mom's ring pleads guilty to burglary

LOCKPORT -- After Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza refused to admit him into a court-supervised drug treatment program Wednesday, a man who entered his mother's Lockport home Dec. 18 and stole her wedding ring pleaded guilty to the burglary.

Troy J. Saraf, 47, formerly of Hawley Street, Lockport, sold the ring, valued at $2,500, to buy $50 worth of cocaine, police said.

Saraf admitted to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree burglary. Since he is a repeat felon -- he committed another burglary in 2004 -- Saraf faces mandatory state prison time of up to four years. Sperrazza will impose a sentence Aug. 17.

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Donation box thief gets 2-4 years in prison

LOCKPORT -- A man convicted of stealing money from a donation box at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine continued to proclaim his innocence Thursday, as Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III sent him to prison for two to four years.

The sentence for John W. Myers, 30, of James Drive, Lewiston, was the least Murphy could have given him, because Myers is a second-time felon. He served time for firing a shotgun at a Niagara Falls policeman in 1997.

On Jan. 21, a jury convicted him of third-degree burglary, petit larceny and third-degree criminal mischief in connection with a Jan. 3, 2010, theft from the Swann Road church.

Sentencing was postponed last week when Myers claimed a surveillance videotape would prove he wasn't the burglar.

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Guilty plea entered in iPod sales scam

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty Thursday to his role in a scam from August to December 2010, in which people were accosted in parking lots in Niagara Falls and the Town of Niagara and sold cardboard boxes allegedly containing low-priced computers or iPods. The boxes really contained crumpled-up newspapers.

Clifford D. Brown, 49, of Fourth Street, admitted to attempted second-degree robbery, fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree scheming to defraud. That could have brought him a 15-year prison term, but Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza said she will give Brown no more than four years behind bars when he returns to court Oct. 21.

Last week, co-defendant Holiday G. Johnson, 48, of Brunswick Boulevard, Buffalo, pleaded guilty to the robbery and scheming charges and received the same sentencing commitment.

Each man must pay $2,586 in restitution.

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